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The most famous of them are Mike Tyson and Cate Blanchett. International celebrities who participated in Egyptian films

The film industry in Egypt is witnessing fierce competition recently, as films compete for the top spot at the box office, which made filmmakers resort to the use of international stars who enjoy great fame outside Egypt, to participate in films, with the aim of achieving strong publicity and thus attracting the public’s attention to their artwork, which ensures that their films are ranked first and achieve the highest revenues.

In the following report, we review with you some of the most famous films starring a group of international actors and sports stars.

Yujiro Ishihara - "On the Banks of the Nile" movie

Japanese actor and singer Yujiro Ishihara co-starred in the movie “On the Banks of the Nile” with Shadia, as the movie was filmed between Egypt and Japan. “Yujiro” plays the son of a businessman who travels from Japan on a world tour. At Beirut airport, his suitcase is swapped for an international gangster, and he is chased by the police. He discovers that the bag contains a talisman that determines the date of the revolution in Iran. When he arrives in Cairo, he gets to know Laila, a singer in a nightclub and a member of a national movement. Together, they try to decipher the talisman and reach the meeting place of the criminals, and the police intervene to arrest the gang.

On the Banks of the Nile, 1963. It stars Shadia, Kamal El-Shennawy and Hassan Youssef, written by Nobuo Yawa and directed by Konakahira.

Cate Blanchett - "The Crab” Movie

Australian actress “Cate Blanchett” is one of the most famous international artists who appeared in Egyptian films, at the beginning of her art life, when she was on a visit to Egypt when she was 18 years old. Due to her need for money, someone offered her to play the extravagant role in the movie “Caboria” with the artist Ahmed Zaki, for a fee of 5 pounds and free falafel sandwiches. “Cate Blanchett” appeared in more than one scene in the film, as she embodied the character of a blonde American girl who encouraged the young boxer “Hassan Hodhud” during a boxing match, and also participated in dancing in the movie’s main song.

The movie “Caporia” was produced in 1990. It is starring Ahmed Zaki, Raghda and Hussein Al-Imam, written by Essam Al-Shamaa and directed by Khairy Bishara.

Kamala - "The Great Bean of China"

Thai actress “Kamala” participated in the movie “The Great Bean of China” with artist Mohamed Henedy. She played the character of “Li” the Chinese girl who is fluent in Arabic, who is appointed to work as a translator for the Egyptian young man, “Mohi Al-Sharqawi” while he is in China to participate in a cooking competition. She and her family help him get rid of a dangerous gang that wants to kill him.

The Great Bean of China is a 2004 film. It is starring Mohamed Henedy, Sami Sarhan, Suhair Al-Baroni, Hajjaj Abdel Azim, and a script and dialogue by Ahmed Abdullah, and a story and directed by Sherif Arafa.

Cosimo Fusco - "Atalia's War"

Italian actor and director “Cosimo Fusco” appeared in the events of the movie “Italy’s War” with the artist Ahmed El-Sakka. Where he embodies the character of “Franco”, a member of the Italian mafia who enters into a manhunt with “Yassine”, to obtain an antique diamond necklace belonging to the daughter of Khedive Ismail, who went out illegally to Italy.

The movie “Atalia’s War” was produced in 2005. It stars Ahmed El-Sakka, Khaled Saleh, Khaled Abu El-Naga and Nelly Karim, written by Hazem El-Hadidi, and directed by Ahmed Saleh.

David Wenert- “Sorry we are being tormented”

The American actor “David Wennert” appeared in the events of the movie “Sorry, we are being tormented” with the artist Ahmed Adam. He presented the character of US President George Bush, who summoned “Al-Qarmouti” to the White House after he claimed that he had a personal relationship with him. Comic situations in which “Al-Qarmouti” mocked the American president and criticized American policy gathered together.

The movie “Sorry, we are being tormented”, produced in 2005. It stars Ahmed Adam, Amira Al-Aydi, Ahmed Ratib and Alaa Morsi, written by Youssef Maati and directed by Sherif Mandour.

Saki Tsukamoto - "Original Japanese" movie

Japanese actress “Saki Tsukamoto” co-starred in the movie “Original Japanese” with actor Ahmed Eid. And she embodied the role of a Japanese diplomat named “Sakura” who falls in love with the Egyptian young man “Muharram” and marries him and has twin children. Then she asks her husband to return to Japan, but he refuses, so she takes the two children and travels without his knowledge.

The movie “Original Japanese” was produced in 2017. It is starring Ahmed Eid, Hisham Ismail, Mohamed Tharwat and Iman El-Sayed, written by Louay El-Sayed, and directed by Mahmoud Karim.

Scott Adkins - “Karmouz War"

The English actor and martial arts player, “Scott Adkins”, known as “Boyka”, participated in the movie “War of Karmouz” with actor Amir Karara. He played the character of a riotous English officer, who commits inhumane acts, taking advantage of the occupation imposed by the English forces in the Karmouz neighborhood, so his leaders are forced to imprison him alone due to his brutality from his colleagues and with the Egyptians, but with the disobedience of General “Youssef Al-Masry”, his leaders were forced to release the officer The Englishman in order to eliminate the General.

The movie “Karmouz War” was produced in 2018. It is starring Amir Karara, Mahmoud Hamida, Fathi Abdel Wahab, Bayoumi Fouad, Mayan El-Sayed and Ghada Abdel Razek, and written by Mohamed El Sobky, directed by Peter Mimi.

Khaled Argenç - the movie "Casablanca"

Turkish actor “Khaled Ergenç”, who was known to the Arab masses as “Sultan Suleiman” in the famous Turkish series “Harem Al-Sultan”, participated in the movie “Casablanca” with the actor Amir Karara. Despite his appearance as a guest of honor, he presented a pivotal character in the events of the film, as he embodied the character of “Dragon”, a mafia gang member who is looking for a shipment of diamonds stolen from him and wants to take revenge on the thieves at any cost.

The movie “Casablanca”, produced in 2019, starring Amira Karara, Ghada Adel, Iyad Nassar, Amr Abdel-Jalil, Lebleba, Mahmoud Al-Bazzawi, Ahmed Dash and the Turkish Khaled Argenc, written by Hisham Hilal, directed by Peter Mimi.

Mike Tyson and Havepour Julius Bjornson - made an appearance in the movie "Pharaoh's Campaign"

The movie “Pharaoh’s Campaign” featured two international stars in its events, the first is Icelandic athletics champion Haffbor Julius Bjornsson, who is best known for his role as Gregor Clegane in “Game of Thrones”. In the film, he embodies the character of “Frank”, the leader of a child-trafficking gang, who takes advantage of the war in Syria and builds a colony called “Frank’s Suburb”, to imprison the kidnapped children. And with him, “Yahya Pharaoh” enters into a struggle to reach his kidnapped son.

The second is the American boxing champion “Mike Tyson” nicknamed “Iron Man”, who plays the role of “Rick”, one of the mercenaries who were working with “Frank”, but he enters into a big crisis with him after he decided to repent and retract his crimes, and help save kidnapped children.

The movie “Pharaoh’s Campaign” was produced in 2019. It is starring Amr Saad, Ruby, Mahmoud Abdel-Mughni and Ramez Amir, written by Karim Hassan Sharif, and directed by Raouf Abdel Aziz.

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Electronic hack, a robot, and a slashed card… Unconventional ads for movies

Throughout history, filmmakers have realized the importance of marketing cinematic films before their release in theaters, through attractive and interesting advertising campaigns, in order to attract the largest number of audiences to watch films in cinemas, ensuring a high profit rate. Since the beginning of the film industry in Egypt, new works have been promoted through print media such as newspapers and magazines or audio like television and websites.

With time and the advent of modern technology, filmmakers had to rely on more sophisticated methods to achieve innovative advertising for new artworks. Under the wide use of social networking sites, especially among young people, the most targeted group for watching new films in cinemas, production companies have resorted to using social media mainly in advertising for films. Filmmakers are competing to devise new ways to attract the audience. Moving away from the traditional and recognized form of marketing. They were able to exploit the audience to participate effectively in the advertising campaigns for the new films, as the audience is no longer just a recipient of the propaganda, but rather has become involved and interacted with it, which increases their desire to watch those films.

In the following lines, we will review with you a group of films that were able to attract the audience through new and innovative advertising campaigns.

I am buying a Man!

The crew of the movie “I am buying a Man!” resorted to an unexpected way to publicize the movie by provoking controversy among the pioneers of social networking sites on a thorny topic that the Egyptian people were not accustomed to discussing openly. The work makers created a page on the site “Facebook” bearing the film’s name. Then, they announced a woman who wanted to have children and requested a sperm donor in exchange for a sum of money. Which received a great reaction from the public, whose opinions differed on this subject because of the boldness of the idea. Then the film’s leading actors came out, announcing that the issue was no more than a plan to promote the work and that that page appeared in one of the scenes within the film’s events.

We are buying a man starring Nelly Karim, Mohamed Mamdouh, Lotfi Labib, and Laila Ezz El Arab, written by Enas Lotfi, directed by Mohamed Ali.

Al Arif

The makers of the movie “Al-Arif” claimed that their personal accounts on social networking sites were hacked and hacked to promote the basic idea of the movie. The beginning was when Ahmed Fahmy, the hero of a movie, announced an attempt to hack his personal account on Facebook, through a post in which he said: “This is a very old trick, I still have this Amazon hack link, he said, He will hack me like this, I’m Baba, come on.”

A few minutes later, his personal account has already been hacked. Which sparked a state of widespread controversy, especially after his wife, actress Hana Al-Zahid, confirmed this matter and wrote on her personal page: “Oh people, a hacker stole Ahmed Fahmy’s page, and he is not responsible; for anything that will be posted on his pages.” Minutes later, the profile picture of Ahmed Fahmy’s page and Hana Zahid was changed and replaced with another, accompanied by a comment: “I’m getting to yo… whose turn is next?”

The filmmakers completed the funny trick they resorted to. The same action was repeated with the rest of the film’s heroes, as their personal image changed in the same way, accompanied by the same comment. The film heroes were keen to reveal the truth on the same day by publishing the movie’s promotional promo on their accounts.

The movie “Al-Arif” starring Ahmed Ezz, Ahmed Fahmy, Mahmoud Hamida, Mustafa Khater, Carmen Basibes, and Ahmed Khaled Saleh, written by Mohamed Sayed Bashir, and directed by Ahmed Alaa El-Deeb.

Secret Men’s Club

The movie “The Secret Men’s Club” makers used an innovative way to advertise the movie through the movie’s Facebook page. Where the page management asked its followers to join the men’s club by changing their personal account pictures to the membership card, sending a “screenshot” of it, and promised to conduct a draw through which the winners would have an opportunity to attend the special screening of the movie, and meet its leading actors.

The movie “The Secret Men’s Club” starring Karim Abdel Aziz, Majed Al-Kadwany, Bayoumi Fouad, and Ghada Adel, written by Ayman Wattar, and directed by Khaled Al-Halafawi.

200 LE

An innovative and distinctive idea that the family of the movie “200 LE” resorted to provoke controversy and achieve good publicity for the work, as a group of the film’s heroes, through their accounts on social networking sites, published personal photos of them from their daily lives, accompanied by a 200-LE banknote, imprinted with the name “Aziza El-Sayed, one of the main characters in the film.  The pictures were accompanied by funny comments from the artists, led by Mahmoud Al-Bazzawi, who commented on his picture, saying: “I lost 200 pounds. This is written on it, Aziza Al Sayed, whoever finds it, should keep it.” Esaad Younes also commented on her photo, saying: “It is a good gift, but it is a little late… But, Who is Aziza Al Sayed? The propaganda created by the film invaded social media, prompting a large number of the public and media professionals to take their photos with the 200-LE banknote and share the photos on their personal accounts.

The movie “200 EGP” starring Esaad Younes, Ahmed El-Sakka, Laila Elwi, Mahmoud El-Bazzawi, Bayoumi Fouad, Ghada Adel, Ahmed El-Saadani, and May Selim, written by Ahmed Abdullah, directed by Mohamed Amin.


Unlike what is usual, the organizers of the movie “Musa” refused to provide any advertising campaigns for the movie, as director Peter Mimi published the movie’s promo on his personal page on the “Instagram” website, and commented on it, saying: “Tomorrow is the first screening of Moussa’s movie. I said I will announce it to you on my page because you will not find banners in the streets or advertisements on television.”

The leading actors sufficed with sharing the propaganda posters of the film, where each leading actor of the film issued a single poster that he published on his personal page on social networking sites. Remarkably, the special screening ceremony of the movie “Musa” witnessed the appearance of the robot around which the story revolves, on the red carpet as one of the film’s leading roles, and as a kind of innovative advertising, which drew the attention of the audience and the media.

The movie “Musa” starring Karim Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Iyad Nassar, and Asmaa Abu Al-Yazid, and written and directed by Peter Mimi.

March 30

The heroes of the movie “March 30” were keen to promote it in their own way through social networking sites. Where they published a picture of a personal card belonging to one of the film’s characters, which was cut into several parts, and published each part on the personal page of each hero on the “Facebook” site, and asked the audience to assemble the complete picture of the card to get free tickets to attend the movie and an opportunity to meet its heroes.

The movie “March 30” starring Ahmed El-Fishawy, Dina El-Sherbiny, Khaled El-Sawy, Ahmed Khaled Saleh, and Asmaa Abu El-Yazid, written by Hamid Al-Madani, directed by Ahmed Khaled Moussa.

My bride.

The movie “My Bride” created a new form of advertising for the work, which was represented in a dialogue held by three famous social media figures through their personal accounts on the “Instagram” site. They are Marwan Younes, Muhammad Mawla, and Saif Zahran. They exchanged different stories about the idea of salon marriage, which is the main idea of the film. In addition, each of them also expressed his personal opinion on the subject. Thus, the filmmakers took advantage of the audience and viewer’s interaction to promote the film differently.

The film is starring Ahmed Hatem, Jamila Awad, Sabreen, and Mahmoud Al-Bazawi, written by Mustafa Al-Barbari, and directed by Muhammad Bakir.


The family of the movie “122” decided to promote the work with several innovative advertising campaigns, which began by publishing a competition for the audience on social networking sites revolving around predicting the meaning of the movie’s name, with a prize for the winners. Then they used the film industry’s Facebook pages and the Sarcasm and Comics pages to provide paid advertising for the film. However, the intense publicity campaign did not stop there, as the makers of the work postponed its showing more than once, and the producer of the film came out to confirm that the postponement was to present the film in the best way, which some considered one of the ways to promote the film by exciting the audience and arousing their enthusiasm and curiosity.

The movie “122” starring Amina Khalil, Tariq Lotfi, and Ahmed Daoud, written by Salah Al-Juhaini, and directed by Yasser Al-Yasiri.

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Egyptian films are based on foreign novels. Have you seen them?

Novels and films have a special liking for each of them, and in order for lovers of reading to feel pleasure when watching films, filmmakers, since the beginning of the film industry in Egypt, have taken upon themselves the task of translating world literature texts into films that have left their mark in our cinematic heritage .

As for the relationship between Egyptian cinema and literature, the most beautiful films in the history of cinema have always been inspired by literary texts, whether Arab or foreign. Certainly, most of these films are successful and famous, and you may have seen a large number of them, but without knowing that they are the embodiment of one of the international novels.  Through this report, we will take you on a tour with the most important international literary novels, from which wonderful films were made worth watching.

Hunchback of Notre Dame

The famous classic novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” by French writer Victor Hugo, tells the story of “Quasimodo”, an ugly hunchback young man ostracized by everyone and treated as a monster. Quasimodo falls in love with a beautiful girl named Esmeralda, and tries to sacrifice his life several times for her. The idea was presented in a movie called “The Humpback”, produced in 1946, written by Mahmoud Ismail, directed by Hassan Helmy, and starring Mahmoud Ismail and Samia Gamal.

Crime and Punishment

The novel “Crime and Punishment” by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky is one of the most famous psychological and philosophical novels, and its events revolve around the poor young man “Raskolnikov” who decides to kill an old woman to steal her money, for his desire to get rid of poverty. Once he committed the crime, he was shocked and could not steal many things, leaving most of the old man’s fortune as is. Then he entered into a psychological struggle and confessed to his crime. The idea was presented in a number of works, the first of which was a movie bearing the same name as the novel, which was produced in 1957, written by Muhammad Othman and directed by Ibrahim Emara, starring Shukri Sarhan and Magda. Then came the movie “Sonia and the Majnun” in 1977, written by Mahmoud Diab, directed by Hossam El Din Mostafa, and starring Mahmoud Yassin, Nour El Sherif and Naglaa Fathi. Finally, the movie “The Boob” in 1982, written by Bushra Abdel Malik, directed by Kamal Attia, and starring Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Afaf Shuaib and George Sidhom.

Taming the Shrew

The novel “The Taming of the Shrew” by the English writer William Shakespeare, talks about a wealthy merchant who has three beautiful daughters, the oldest and most beautiful of whom is “Catherine”, known for her ferocity and the authority of her tongue, until he became alienated from every man who proposed to her, which harmed her sisters and contributed to delaying their marriage. Tradition dictates that the older sister gets married first. The father announces the payment of a large sum of money to whomever Catherine accepts as a husband. A wealthy young man known for his love of money came and proposed to her, and as usual, “Catherine” revolted, and he revolted in her face like a madman until he terrified her. He was able to tame her with several different tricks, until she turned into an obedient wife. The idea was presented in several films, including “Ah Men Eve” in 1962, written by Muhammad Abu Seif, directed by Fatin Abdel Wahab, and starring Lubna Abdel Aziz, Rushdi Abaza and Hussein Riad. As well as the movie “Estakoza”, which was produced in 1996, written by Abdel Hai Adeeb, directed by Enas Al Degheidy, and starring Raghda and Ahmed Zaki.

Les Misérables

The novel “Les Miserables” by the French writer Victor Hugo, presents the life of a group of French characters during the nineteenth century, and highlights the character of the poor “Jean Valjean” who stole a loaf of bread and was imprisoned for 18 years. And after his release from prison, he enters into a conflict with the owners of power, influence and the unjust law. The idea was presented in two films of the same name, the first was produced in 1943, written by Badi’ Khairy and Kamal Selim, directed by Kamal Selim, and starring Amina Rizk, Abbas Fares and Siraj Mounir. The second was produced in 1978, written by Rafiq Al-Sabban, directed by Atef Salem, and starring Farid Shawqi, Youssef Wehbe, Adel Adham and Laila Elwi.

The Count of Monte Cristo

The novel “The Count of Monte Cristo” by the French writer Alexandre Dumas, tells the story of the young sailor “Edmond Dantes” who is preparing to marry his lover, and is betrayed by his friends who report him after feeling jealous. The sailor is arrested for conspiring with “Napoleon” and goes to prison. Edmund escapes from prison and finds a treasure trove that a prisoner has guided to. He becomes rich and powerful, and seeks revenge on the people who imprisoned him. Author and director Henry Barakat presented the idea of the novel in two films, “The Prince of Revenge” in 1950, starring Anwar Wagdy, Farid Shawqi and Samia Gamal. And “The Prince of Cunning” in 1964, starring Farid Shawqi, Shwekar, Naima Akef and Tawfiq Al-Daqn. It was also presented in the movie “One of the People”, which was produced in 2006, written by Bilal Fadl, directed by Ahmed Nader Jalal, and starring Karim Abdel Aziz, Menna Shalaby, Ezzat Abu Auf and Mahmoud Al-Jundi.


The novel “Carmen” by the French writer Prosper Mérimée, revolves around an officer named “Don Jose”, “Carmen” in love with a free gypsy woman, and leaves his service for her and turns into an outlaw. When she gets tired of his love and falls in love with someone else, he kills her out of jealousy, buries her in the wilderness, and wanders on his face. The idea was presented in two works, the first is “The Devil is a Woman” in 1972, written and directed by Faisal Nada, and starring Najla Fathi, Madiha Kamel and Mahmoud Yassin. The second work is “Woman Without Chains” and was produced in 1980, written by Youssef El Sebaei, directed by Henry Barakat, and starring Nelly, Wedad Hamdi, Hussein Fahmy and Saeed Eid Al-Fani.

Crime on Goat Island

The play “A Crime on the Island of Goats” by Italian author Ugo Petti, tells the story of three women, mother, daughter and aunt, who live together on a secluded island with only a herd of goats, after the husband is imprisoned. It appears a strange man introduces himself to them as the husband’s friend in prison, and that he came to them on his will before his death. The conflict between the women begins when each of them wants to have a relationship with him, but this conflict ends with them killing the man and throwing him into an abandoned well. The idea was presented in two films, “The Shepherd and the Women” in 1991, written by Muhammad Sharshar and Essam Ali, directed by Ali Badrakhan, and starring Ahmed Zaki, Souad Hosni, Yousra and Mirna Walid. The other movie is “Wild Desire” and was produced in the same year, written by Waheed Hamed, directed by Khairy Bishara, and starring Mahmoud Hamida, Nadia Al-Jundi, Suhair Al-Murshidi and Hanan Turk.

The film stars Hani Salama, Nicole Saba and Khaled El-Sawy. It is based on a true story that took place in 1991, and its hero is “Ahmed Helmy El-Mesiri”, nicknamed the “Butcher of the Engineers”, who broke into an apartment to rob it and killed the maid, the owners of the house, the property guard and a neighbor. He was arrested in 1994 and executed in 2009.

Romeo and Juliet.

The play “Romeo and Juliet” by the English writer William Shakespeare, reviewed the love story between a young man and a girl belonging to two conflicting families in the Italian city of Verona. Their families’ approval of their marriage is impossible, which leads them to fake their own death, which turns into real death. With their death, the conflict between the two families ends after their feelings of guilt. The idea was presented in many films, including “Forbidden Love” in 1942, written by Abbas Allam and directed by Mohamed Karim, starring Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Raja Abdo. And the movie “Martyrs of Love” in 1914, written by Badi’ Khairi, directed by Kamal Selim, and starring Laila Murad and Anwar Wagdy. As well as the movie “El Alamein” in 1965, written and directed by Abdel Alim Khattab, starring Salah Kabil and Madiha Salem. And the movie “Your Love is Fire” in 2004, written by Ahmed Youssef, directed by Ihab Rady, and starring Nelly Karim and Mostafa Qamar.


The novel “Tais” by the French writer Anatole France, set in ancient Egypt, revolves around the idea of a person who seeks to save another person from falling into the temptation of a prostitute, so he falls into sin, and at the same time the other person decides to repent. This came through the story of a beautiful, liberated woman named “Tais” who works as a prostitute in Alexandria, where she lives a leisurely life and men compete to win her approval. After her reputation spreads and reaches the monk “Pavenos”, the priest of the town of Ansina in Upper Egypt, he goes to Alexandria to convince her to withdraw from that atmosphere and get her out of vice, and succeeds in persuading her to leave the life of entertainment, and join her to a monastery for nuns in the Libyan desert. Monk Pavenos faces many crises and wanders in search of peace, until he discovers his love for Thays. The idea was presented in the 1958 movie “Kahraman”, written by Farid Shawqi, directed by Mr. Badir, and starring Hoda Sultan, Yahya Shaheen and Jamal Sami. It was re-presented in 1969 in the movie “My Father Over the Tree”, written by Ihsan Abdel Quddous, directed by Hussein Kamal, and starring Abdel Halim Hafez, Nadia Lutfi, Mervat Amin and Imad Hamdi.

Dr Faust

The play “Dr Faust” by the German writer Johann Goethe, describes Satan’s temptation to a person who needs a service or help, and he concludes a contract with him to carry out that service, in exchange for seizing his soul after his death, but at a moment a person revolts against Satan and decides to get rid of him. The idea was presented in three films, “The Ambassador of Hell” in 1945, written, directed and starring Youssef Wehbe, and co-starring Laila Fawzy, Ferdous Muhammad and Mahmoud Al-Meligy. And the movie “A Date with the Devil” in 1955, written by Jalil Al-Bandari, directed by Kamel Al-Telmisani, and starring Zaki Rostom, Mahmoud El-Meligy, Kariman and Wedad Hamdi. Last but not least, the movie “The Woman Who Conquered Satan” in 1973, written by Tawfiq Al-Hakim and Yahya Al-Alami, directed by Yahya Al-Alami, and starring Nour Al-Sharif, Shams Al-Baroudi and Adel Adham.

Le Moulin Rouge

The novel “Le Moulin Rouge” by the French writer Alexandre Demas Jr., deals with the story of “Marguerite” a prostitute who falls in love with a young man, “Arman Duval”, but complies with the desire of his father, who intervenes to keep her away from him. Margaret faces the cruelty and falsehood of society alone. On her deathbed, she called the priest to confess her sins, and after he listened to her for hours, “Margaret” died alone as she lived, so that the priest commented on her death that she lived as a prostitute and died as a saint. The idea was presented in several films, including “Laila”, which was produced in 1942, written and directed by Togo Mizrahi, and starring Laila Murad and Hussein Sedky. And the movie “Ahed Al-Hawa” in 1955, written by Ali Al-Zarqani, directed by Ahmed Badrakhan, and starring Farid Al-Atrash and Maryam Fakhr Al-Din. It was re-presented in 1973 in the movie “The Lover of the Spirit”, written by Youssef El Sebaei, directed by Ahmed Dia El Din, and starring Naglaa Fathi and Hussein Fahmy. As well as in the movie “Men without Features” in 1979, written by Muhammad Othman, directed by Mahmoud Zulficar, and starring Nadia Lutfi and Salah Zulficar.


The Brothers Karamazov, a novel by Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky, sheds light on the conflict experienced by the Karamazov family, starting with a father who squanders his money on alcohol and women. And the eldest son “Dmitriy” who follows in his father’s footsteps. Then “Ivan”, who lives a turbulent life and was a lot of questions about fate and God and had some atheistic ideas. Then the protagonist Alexei is a monk in a church. Then Pavel, who shares his atheistic ideas with Evan. The novel delves into the depths of the human psyche, and deals with family relationships and raising children. The idea was presented in 1974 through the movie “The Enemy Brothers”, written by Rafiq Al-Sabban, directed by Hossam El-Din Mustafa, and starring Nour El-Sharif, Hussein Fahmy, Ahmed Mazhar, Nadia Lutfi and Mervat Amin.

King Lear.

The play “King Lear” by the English writer William Shakespeare, set in ancient Britain, where the elderly King “Lear” decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, and asks them to express their love for him, while “Reagan” and “Goneril” deceive their parents and exaggerate Praise him, Cordelia refuses to flatter him and tells him that she loves him as a daughter should love her father. The king becomes angry and abandons her, deprives her of her share in the kingdom, and divides it between Reagan and Goneril, who begin to treat their father harshly and abandon him. While Cordelia marries the King of France and saves her father and helps him restore his prestige, the King feels heartbreak and remorse for his mistreatment of her. The idea was presented in the movie “The Damned”, which was produced in 1979, written by Abdel Hai Adeeb, directed by Ahmed Yassin, and starring Farid Shawqi, Mustafa Fahmy, Suhair Ramzy and Sana Jamil. Then it was re-presented in 1981 in the movie “Hakam Al Mahakama”, written by Farid Shawqi and Ahmed Yahya, directed by Ahmed Yahya, and starring Farid Shawqi, Laila Taher, Magda Al-Khatib and Yousra.

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights is a novel by British writer Emily Bronte, set in the English countryside and tells the story of the homeless child “Heathcliff” who is adopted by Sir “Earnshaw”, and grows to fall in love with his daughter, “Catherine”, a love that destroys them and those around them when Catherine marries “Catherine”. From “Edgar Linton” childhood friend due to his wealth and influence. Heathcliff marries Edgar’s sister Isabella, to get revenge on her and her family. The idea was presented in the movie “Al-Gharib” in 1956, written by Hussein Helmy Al-Muhandis, directed by Kamal Al-Sheikh and Fatin Abdel-Wahhab, and starring Magda, Yahya Shaheen, Mohsen Sarhan, Kamal Al-Shennawi and Zahrat Al-Ala.


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The best Egyptian cinema films that embodied true stories (Part 2)

In this article, we will continue to review with you the most prominent Egyptian films quoted from foreign films. You can refer to the previous part here:

Dancer and politician

The film discussed the life story of the dancer “Sonia Selim” since she was a poor orphan girl, her miserable life with her addicted husband, and her tendency to dance until she became a famous dancer and movie star. The film dealt with her relationship with senior politicians, including a senior official named “Khaled Madkour,” only to discover after many years that he had become a well-known minister whose real name is “Abdul Hamid Raafat.” Sonia begins writing her memoirs, panicking about the officials who were with her. And the Minister intervenes to force her to stop writing for fear of being exposed.

The film stars Nabila Obeid, Salah Kabil, and Mostafa Metwally. It is taken from a true story, and despite the keenness of the work makers not to address the real Minister’s personality, some sources have revealed that Habib Al-Adly, the former Minister of the Interior, is the intended person.

Third man

The film touched on the story of Major Pilot Kamal Sherif Hassan. He was dismissed from the Egyptian Armed Forces after he committed a grave mistake that killed his colleague during the October 73 war. This caused his psychological collapse, especially after his differences with his wife, who deserted him and asked for a divorce, increased. Kamal joins the helicopter company that serves petroleum companies. Kamal’s life is upended when he meets businessman Rostom El-Sharqawi, who asks him to help him smuggle drugs on the plane he works on. But “Kamal” informs the police, who agrees with him to keep up, and indeed the police can seize the drugs, and the businessman and his gang are arrested.

The film stars Ahmed Zaki, Mahmoud Hamida and Raghda. It is based on a true story of a heroin trafficking gang, which devised an unfamiliar way to smuggle their goods by air, to avoid customs inspections and Coast Guard attacks.

Woman and cleaver

In the film, we follow the story of a widow named “Souad Qassem” who meets “Mahmoud Alwan”, who claims to be the director of the Prime Minister’s office, so she admires him and marries him, so that the other side of him is revealed. It becomes clear to her that he is a swindler after he seized her money and jewelry and sold her apartment. He is also gay and sadistic in his sexual practices. Yet she continues to live with him, hoping to get back what he stole from her. When Mahmoud is chased by the police for his fraud, he goes into hiding with his wife and teenage daughter, Madiha. He sexually assaults the girl, so Souad drugged him, killed him, and cut his body with a cleaver. To be arrested and brought to trial. While the lawyers who were chasing “Mahmoud” on behalf of his victims rushed to defend her for free, however, the court sentenced her to 15 years in prison.

The film stars Nabila Obeid, Abu Bakr Ezzat and Majed Al-Masry. It is based on a true story that took place in the city of Alexandria in 1989, and sparked a great controversy in the Egyptian street at the time.

His Excellency

The film follows the story of Raafat Rostom, who is chosen to be a minister by mistake, due to the similarity of his name to another person. He succeeds in staying in office for a long time. Being a corrupt person, he illegally profited from his job, smuggled his money abroad, and had sexual relations with several women. To be punished for his actions in the form of horrific nightmares, which he could not get rid of. Attia, his office manager, suggests that he visit a psychiatrist. Raafat fears that his case will be exposed. He asks Attia to go instead, and he is forced to reveal his secrets to him, but Atiyah turns himself into a new nightmare.

The film stars Ahmed Zaki, Yousra, Lebleba and Hisham Abdel Hamid. It is based on a true story that occurred during the era of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. One of his governments chose a minister by mistake. This Minister remained in his position until the January revolution, and was known as the “Minister of Coincidence”. Dr. Jaber Asfour, former Minister of Culture, stated that the story’s true hero is Dr. Hani Helal, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Ahmed Nazif’s government.


The film tells the story of “Taher Abd al-Hayy Suleiman” or “Tito”, who is a street child and has been thievery since his childhood, which led to his entry into the reformatory. After his release, he works for a person who assumes the name “Ramzi” while he is a corrupt police officer named “Rifaat al-Sukari”. After making a fortune, Tito decides to start a new life away from crime and theft. Ramzy returns to ask Tito for a last operation to get rid of a rival officer who wants to trap him, but Tito refuses to participate with him, so the corrupt policeman decides to destroy his life in all ways, so that he plots a cunning ploy to kill him, for fear of exposure.

The film stars Ahmed El Sakka, Amr Waked, Khaled Saleh and Hanan Turk. It is based on real stories presented by the journalist Mofeed Fawzy in the “Hadith Al-Madina” program.

Al Jazeera

The latest film revolved around “Mansour El Hefny,” who becomes the chief of the island, succeeding his father, “Ali El Hefny,” and takes over the drug trade after him, which causes enmity among the island’s largest families. All this in agreement with the police officer “Rushdi”, who facilitated the sale of drugs and weapons to him, in exchange for handing over the terrorists hiding on the island. Mansour avenges Al-Najaha and regains his son from Karima. He declares his control of the island, but is arrested after the Ministry of Interior sends a new officer named Tariq, who could not agree with Mansour.

The film stars Ahmed El-Sakka, Hend Sabry, Khaled El-Sawy and Mahmoud Abdel-Mughni. It is based on a true story whose hero is “Ezzat Hanafi” who helped the government eliminate terrorists, and took advantage of his relationship with the government in the drug trade. He and his gang overtook 280 acres in Nakhila Island in Asiut, they planted it with drugs, until he was arrested in 2004 to be executed in 2006

The Ripper

The film tells the story of “Murad”, a young man from a very rich aristocratic family, but a broken family. Therefore, “Murad” feels lonely and neglected, and finds that the only solution to draw his family’s attention to him is to disobey their orders and commit crimes that started small but increased in strength and violence with the passage of time. Until “Murad” became brutal and his crimes became more bloody. Until he meets “Rima” and falls in love with her, and decides to change his life and tries to get a large amount of money to establish a new life with his lover, so he begins to carry out his latest crimes, but he is arrested and sentenced to death.

The film stars Hani Salama, Nicole Saba and Khaled El-Sawy. It is based on a true story that took place in 1991, and its hero is “Ahmed Helmy El-Mesiri”, nicknamed the “Butcher of the Engineers”, who broke into an apartment to rob it and killed the maid, the owners of the house, the property guard and a neighbor. He was arrested in 1994 and executed in 2009.


The film showed the stories of 3 women from different backgrounds who were subjected to sexual harassment. The first is called “Saba”, a wealthy woman who is subjected to mass harassment in Cairo Stadium, which led her to form an association to teach women to defend themselves against harassment. The second is “Nelly”, a middle-class girl who is harassed while walking in the street. She manages to catch the harasser and insists on making a report despite the rejection of her family and the family of her fiancé for fear of society’s view of her. The third is “Fayza”, a poor woman who is harassed on the bus on a daily basis, which affects her in a bad psychological state that makes her refuse to be approached by her husband.

The film stars Nelly Karim, Bushra, Majed El-Kadwany, and Nahed El Sebaei. It is based on true stories that happened to a number of girls who were sexually harassed, including the first girl in Egypt to file a police report against a young man who assaulted her.


The film depicted the suffering of Asmaa, who suffers from cholecystitis and needs surgery to eradicate it. However, her HIV infection prevents doctors or hospitals from agreeing to perform the surgery, for fear of transmitting the virus to others. Asmaa is forced to hide her illness from the people closest to her and begins alone in confronting the society that accused her of honoring her, thinking that she had contracted the infection because of her misbehavior, and it became more cruel to her than the disease itself. She joins the AIDS Patients Association, turns to the media and is forced to appear on a talk show to solve her problem.

The film stars Hend Sabry, Mohamed Adel and Majed El-Kadwany. It is based on a true story of a woman who was infected with AIDS through her husband. However, the real heroine died before the gallbladder operation was performed, and she did not appear on television with her face.

Al Maslaha

The film revolves around the officer “Hamza Abu Al-Ezz” whose brother, the young officer “Yahya” was killed by the reckless young man “Suleiman Al-Muslimi” who was smuggled by his brother, the drug dealer, “Salim Al-Muslimi” after he was sentenced to death. Hamza seeks to arrest Salem while receiving the new drug shipment, so he tricks him into revealing the drug cache and Suleiman’s hiding place. Salem rushes to get his brother out of the hideout, but he falls into the ambush set by Hamza, and gets caught red-handed, while Hamza kills Suleiman in revenge for his brother. 

The film stars Ahmed El Sakka, Ahmed Ezz, Salah Abdullah, Hanan Turk, Zina and Kinda Alloush. It is based on a true story that actually happened in Sinai in 2010.

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The best Egyptian cinema films that embodied true stories (Part 1)

Art is the mirror of reality, where cinema conveys everything that concerns society and reflects the situations and events around us in its films. Egyptian cinema has presented many films whose makers were inspired by real events that sparked controversy among citizens or made headlines at some point. Even if the author adds some details to fit the dramatic context, the phrase “inspired by a true story” remains an attraction for viewers. They feel that the work heroes are ordinary people like themselves, without fakes or exaggerated heroism.

Apart from biographical films and films that dealt with historical events or the heroism of members of the armed forces and the files of the intelligence service, the Egyptian cinema presented real stories that took place on the ground and among the people in several films that we show you in these lines.

House number 13

The film revolves around a psychiatrist named Assem Ibrahim, who enters into an affair with Sonia, a married dancer. She plans to kill her husband to obtain his life insurance. At the same time, Assem treats engineer Sherif Kamel from a nervous breakdown. Instead of giving him the appropriate treatment, he gives him a treatment that increases his nervousness. He uses him to kill the husband after hypnotizing him, giving him a gun and the key to the house. The crime happens successfully, but “Asim” forgets the key with “Sharif,” who wakes up in the morning thinking that he witnessed a bad dream, and is surprised by his arrest after his ID card was dropped inside the house the police found it. His wife, “Nadia” and the lawyer try to prove that “Sharif” committed the crime while being robbed.

The film stars Faten Hamama, Mahmoud El Meligy, and Imad Hamdi. It occupies 92nd place in the list of the 100 best films in the memory of Egyptian cinema. It is based on a story published by Al-Masry newspaper about a person using hypnosis to commit a murder.

They made me.

The film’s events begin with the child “Sultan,” whose uncle takes his inheritance after his father’s death and throws him into the street, where a gang lured him to the path of theft. His uncle reports him to the police and is placed for years in the reformatory. After he leaves, he tries to find a decent job. Still, he fails because of his criminal newspaper, so he resorts to theft again and falls in love with “Yasmina,” the cabaret singer, competing with his uncle for her love. In it, “Sultan” is unjustly sentenced to life imprisonment. However, Sultan manages to escape from prison and goes to his uncle’s house and kills him, becoming a real criminal and turning himself in to the police.

The film stars Farid Shawqi, Hoda Sultan, and Yehia Shaheen. It occupies 26th place in the list of the 100 best films in the memory of Egyptian cinema. It is based on a true story about one of the children inside the Juvenile Reformatory in Qanater al-Khairia. Officer Ahmed Shawky, brother of the artist Farid Shawky, was responsible. Following the screening of this film, a law was issued that provides for an exemption from the first precedent in the criminal status newspaper so that the offender can start a new life.

Love and tears

The film’s story revolves around “Fatima,” a simple girl from Port Said, who lives with her father, “Mahmoud Salam,” who is forced to borrow from Chief Metwally after his boats sank. “Metwally” takes advantage of the opportunity and asks to marry “Fatima” in exchange for dropping the debt. Her father is forced to agree, and “Ahmed Ezzat,” the naval officer who has a love affair with “Fatima,” refuses when he proposes to her. The father retracts his daughter’s marriage and kills “Metwally” at the last moment, and the father dies during his interrogation. Fatima fails to reach Ahmed, and she becomes stranded in the streets, so Khawaja “Paulo” tries to pimp her to work in the cabaret, but the cabaret singer “Saniya” saves her from falling into vice and reunites her with “Ahmed” again.

The film stars Faten Hamama, Ahmed Ramzy, Zaki Rostom, and Stefan Rosti. The film’s events are inspired by a true story, and most of its scenes were filmed in their real locations.

Hassan and Naima

The film presented the story of “Naima”, the daughter of Hajj “Metwally”, who falls in love with “Hassan”, the poor singer. Her father refuses their marriage because of his profession, which was inappropriate at this time. Metwally seeks to marry off his daughter to his cousin, Atwa, so Naima runs away to marry Hassan. Her father goes to retrieve her and agrees with “Hassan” that “Naima” should return to her family’s house, then “Hassan” comes to marry her naturally in front of the people of the country. But as soon as they return home, Metwally imprisons and beats his daughter, and tries to kill Hassan, who escapes death and eventually marries his girlfriend.

The film stars Soad Hosni, Muharram Fouad and Wedad Hamdi. It is taken from a true story that took place in the village of Bahnasah in Bani Mazar, Minya Governorate, but it was not Hassan’s profession that was the reason for rejecting his marriage to Naima, but rather the difference of religion. The original story ended with a tragic end, unlike the movie. After the family recovered “Naima”, she lured “Hassan”, killed him and dumped his body in the Nile. When the corpse floated over the water, the crime was revealed and the accused were arrested. As for “Naima”, she went crazy out of grief for her lover.

We are the students

The film reviewed the lives of three young men who committed a murder. The first, Hassanein, is a university student from Upper Egypt who studies law, and his uncle asks him to avenge his father’s death. But Hassanein refuses to punish the killer who paid for his crime with imprisonment. The second is “Adel” who is being mocked by his father because of his failure in college. He loves his neighbor, Siham, but her father refuses to marry him to her, and marries her to a rich person. The latter is “Samir”, who suffers from neglect by his parents after their separation and their marriage to another person. And he establishes a relationship with “Sadia”, the daughter of Al-Safarji, who is pregnant by him. The three guys look for a way to raise money to abort Saadia and get involved in the murder and robbery of a bar owner. Saadia dies during the operation, so they are arrested and put on trial.

The film stars Omar Sharif, Shukri Sarhan, Youssef Fakhreddine, and Tahia Karioka. It occupies the 44th place in the list of the 100 best films in the memory of Egyptian cinema. It is based on a true story, one of the heroes of which was the artist Sami Sarhan, whose brother Shukri Sarhan played his role in the film. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and released after 10 years for good behavior.

Al Attaba Al Khadra

During the events of the film, we follow the story of “Youssef Jamil”, the swindler who meets “Mabrouk Abu Mabrouk”, a naive young man from Upper Egypt, and convinces him to invest his money in successful projects. He also convinced him that he owns the Ataba al-Khadra area, with all its shops, houses, the police station and the fire brigade. He persuaded Mabrouk to buy the Green Shrine from him for a large sum of money. After the sale, “Mabrouk” started asking the residents of the area to rent, until he reached the Al-Moski department, and the warden told him that he had fallen victim to a major fraud, and helped him recover his money before arresting the accused.

The film stars Ismail Yassin, Ahmed Mazhar, Zeinat Sedky and Sabah. It is based on a true story of a con artist called “Ramadan Abu Zaid al-Abed” who managed to defraud “God Save Suleiman” and sold him the tram for 200 pounds. 

The Thief and the Dogs

The film tells the story of Saeed Mahran, a thief who, with Alish’s help, prepares to rob the villa where his wife, Nabawiya, works. Alish agrees with Nabaweya to get rid of Saeed so he can marry her. He reports it to the police, and Saeed is caught red-handed and sentenced to 5 years in prison. After his release from prison, Saeed intends to take revenge on those who betrayed him and were the reason behind his arrest. He gets involved in several murders and the police start looking for him. Saeed flees to the Citadel’s mountains, and the police discover his hiding place, and the place is raided and gunfire is exchanged until Saeed is killed.

The film stars Shadia, Shukri Sarhan and Kamal El-Shennawy. It occupies the 15th place in the list of the 100 best films in the memory of Egyptian cinema. It is based on a true story whose hero is the butcher of Alexandria, Mahmoud Amin Suleiman, whose case preoccupied public opinion in Egypt in 1960.

“Black Panther”

The film sheds light on the struggle of “Mohamed Hassan”, a young Egyptian man who traveled to Germany to work. He suffers from racism and faces many problems due to the difference in language and culture. During his trip, he meets Helga, a German girl who speaks some Arabic and helps him learn German. Costa also meets a Greek boxing coach who is fluent in Arabic and trains him, to succeed and become a boxing champion, as well as succeed in his public life and become a big businessman.

The film stars Ahmed Zaki, Mahmoud Hamida and Raghda. It is taken from the real biography of the engineer “Mohamed Hassan” who immigrated to Germany in 1960 and became one of the top athletes and businessmen.

Sorry, law

The film presented the story of the university professor “Hoda”, who is married to “Ali” the sexually impotent doctor due to a psychological complex that struck him in his childhood, where he watched his father kill his traitorous second wife after he saw her in the arms of her lover, and sentenced him to a month of imprisonment with suspended execution. Hoda managed to treat her husband, but she was surprised one day while returning from work early with a voice coming from the bedroom. She thought he was a thief and took her husband’s pistol and entered to be surprised by her husband’s betrayal of her with his friend’s wife. Hoda was jealous and shot them both and ran away. She was arrested and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The film stars Naglaa Fathi, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Farid Shawky and Hayatem. It is based on a true story told by a police officer named “Nabil Makkawi” and published in his book, where he was one of the investigators in the crime.


The film deals with the story of “Hassan Hodhud”, a poor young man who loves boxing and dreams of championships and glory. By chance, he meets “Horeya”, the wife of the millionaire businessman “Suleiman” and invites him to participate in matches held in their palace in exchange for large financial rewards. While the millionaire and his wife, Houria, bet on these matches, Hassan achieves impressive victories, earns big money and moves in with them in the palace. To discover that he has become a puppet that “Suleiman” and his wife are playing with, he leaves the palace and the money he obtained and returns to the popular neighborhood in which he resides.

The film starring Ahmed Zaki, Raghda and Hussein Al-Imam, and it is based on a true story of a boxer named “Hassan Ahmed Ali”, known as “Hassan Hodhud”. The artist Ahmed Zaki stayed with him for two weeks to learn all the details of his life, so that he could master the character. Also, the father and mother of “Hassan Hodhud” appeared in the film with their true personality.

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On the anniversary of the death of Youssef Wehbe.. Major landmarks in the life of the dean of Arab theater

October 17 marks the anniversary of the death of the people’s artist Youssef Wehbe, who passed away 39 years ago. Youssef Wehbe is considered one of the first pioneers in cinema and theater in Egypt and the Arab world. He left a large legacy of important works of art. He enriched Arab cinema and theater with acting, directing, writing and production of works, so he was called the Dean of Arab Theatre.

During his long artistic career, which spanned more than 60 years, he worked with major art stars, and was credited with discovering and presenting many talents, and won many awards and honors. King Farouk I granted him the rank of Bey. He was awarded the First Class Order of Merit in 1960, and the State Appreciation Award in 1970. The Pope also awarded him the Order of Defense of Catholic Rights, and he is the first Muslim to receive this award. In the following report, we show you the most prominent stations in Youssef Wehbe’s artistic and personal life.

His Birth & Early Life

Youssef Abdullah Hadeeb Wahbi Qutb was born on July 17, 1898 in the city of Fayoum, where his father worked as an irrigation inspector, and he lived in a house located on the beach of Yusef Sea, so he decided to name his son after him. Youssef Wahbi received his first education in the book of Sheikh Al-Osaili, and then moved to the Saidia School in Giza, and then to the Agricultural School in Qalyubia. When his interest in acting began, his father considered it a disgrace and expelled him from the house. Youssef Wehbe traveled abroad and did not return to Egypt until after his father’s death.

Youssef Wehbe and the theater

Youssef Wehbe’s artistic start came after he watched the band of the Lebanese artist Salim Al-Qardahi. He fell in love with acting and began his career by reciting monologues and performing skits at Al-Ahly Club and the school, then traveled to Italy after the First World War to study acting at the hands of the Italian actor Kiantoni. He returned to Egypt in 1921 and joined the Hassan Fayek and Aziz Eid groups, and established the Ramses Theatrical Troupe with a number of great actors, which presented more than 300 plays of Arabic literature as well as French, Italian and English. And serious theatre. Which prompted the government to assign him in 1933 to form its theater group, which was the basis of the national theater later.

The Prophet Muhammad movie crisis

In 1926, Youssef Wehbe wanted to enter the world of cinema and was preparing to present the character of the Prophet Muhammad, in a film produced by the German film company “Marcus” and co-financed with the Turkish government. And Youssef Wahbi prepared photographs of the form that will appear on him as he performs the character of the Prophet in the film, and when these pictures were published, the audience angered, and the Sheikh of Al-Azhar asked the Ministry of Interior to ban this film . The matter came close to withdrawing the Egyptian nationality from Youssef Wehbe and preventing him from traveling. At the time, Al-Azhar issued a fatwa prohibiting the embodiment of the personalities of the prophets and companions in artistic works. After the severe attack he was subjected to, which amounted to accusing him of atheism and madness, Youssef Wehbe withdrew from participating in the film, and apologized to the audience, explaining that he agreed to play this role in order to introduce the Holy Prophet and the Islamic religion.

Youssef Wehbe and the theater

Although Youssef Wehbe was late in entering the world of cinema due to the crisis of the Prophet Muhammad movie, he presented a group of the first Egyptian films. In 1930, he established a cinematographic company called “Ramses Film” in partnership with director Mohamed Karim, through which he produced the first Egyptian silent film entitled “Zeinab”. In 1932, he produced the movie “Awlad Al-Zawat”, the first Arabic speaking film, which Youssef Wahbi wrote and starred in. After that, Youssef Wehbe went on to direct films in addition to writing and acting in them, so he presented films such as “The Defense, the Eternal Glory, and The Hour of Execution”. After that, he presented a large variety of successful films, in addition to theatrical work.

Technical diodes

Youssef Wehbe was one of the first artists to present artistic duets with their colleagues. He presented the most famous artistic duet in the history of Egyptian cinema with the artist Amina Rizk, which he started in 1932, and together they participated in 11 films, the most important of which are: “Children of the egotistical, the straight path, the children of the poor, berlanti.” He also presented an artistic duo with artist Laila Murad, which he started in 1939, during which they presented 6 wonderful films, the most important of which are: “Laila, the daughter of the countryside, Shadia Al-Wadi, Ghazal Al-Banat, Laila the girl of the schools.” In 1946, he collaborated with artist Faten Hamama in a new artistic duo, and together they presented 6 films, including: “The Angel of the Merciful, Bayoumi Effendi, Great Love, Confession Chair.”

A movie that gave him the nickname of Beykoy

Youssef Wehbe presented the movie “Gram and Revenge”, which was directed and written by Asmahan, Anwar Wagdy, Mahmoud El Meligy, and Bechara Wakim. This film is considered one of the most important films of Youssef Wehbe and Egyptian cinema in general. The film was shown for the first time in December 1944, and King Farouk came to watch it at Rivoli Cinema in Cairo, and praised the film and expressed his admiration for it, as the events of the film contained a lyrical operetta bearing the name “Song of Art”, which glorified the rulers of the upper dynasty, so the king decided to grant Youssef Wehbe the rank of Bey from second degree

Since then, Youssef Wehbe’s name has been shown in his films with the title “You” until 1953, when he presented the movie “House of Obedience.”

Moving from melodrama to comedy

Youssef Wehbe was keen, through his artwork, to raise the social, cultural, and moral level of Egyptian society. His artistic career carried a purposeful message represented in discussing social issues, criticizing society’s flaws and problems, and trying to provide a solution to them. In addition, Youssef Wehbe presented the movie “House of Obedience” in 1953, which differed from the traditional form of his previous films, as the film tended to have a comedic character away from the melodramatic character that he was accustomed to. He achieved great success in these types of films, and then presented a group of the most successful and famous comedies and romantic films, such as: A vow of passion, a rumor of love, a husband’s confession, a trap in the trap, a search for a scandal.

Youssef Wehbe and TV

In 1966, Youssef Wahbi participated in his first television series in his artistic career, the series “The Genius” starring Saeed Saleh, Bossi and Mahmoud El-Meligy. After that, he presented a number of TV series, including: “How to lose a million pounds, days that are not wasted, fasting fasting.”

His latest artwork

In 1972, Youssef Wehbe presented his last play, “Bayoumi Effendi”, written, directed and starred by Amina Rizk, Medhat Ghaly and Karima. It was inspired by a movie he previously made of the same name. In 1975, he presented his last starring role in the movie “The White Dress” with Naglaa Fathi, Ahmed Mazhar, Magdy Wahba and Zahrat Al-Ala. After that, he presented not films in which he participated as a guest of honor or a secondary character, the last of which was in 1982, where he appeared as a guest of honor in the movie “Al-Salakhana”. Starring Samir Sabry and Adel Adham, and this was his last life in his artistic career before his death .

His Personal life

In 1972, Youssef Wehbe presented his last play, “Bayoumi Effendi”, written, directed and starred by Amina Rizk, Medhat Ghaly and Karima. It was inspired by a movie he previously made of the same name. In 1975, he presented his last starring role in the movie “The White Dress” with Naglaa Fathi, Ahmed Mazhar, Magdy Wahba and Zahrat Al-Ala. After that, he presented not films in which he participated as a guest of honor or a secondary character, the last of which was in 1982, where he appeared as a guest of honor in the movie “Al-Salakhana”. Starring Samir Sabry and Adel Adham, and this was his last life in his artistic career before his death .

The death of the dean of the theater

Youssef Wahbi entered the Arab Contractors Hospital after suffering a fracture in the pelvic bones after falling in the bathroom. During treatment, he suffered a sudden heart attack to leave our world on October 17, 1982, at 84. After a long artistic career that spanned more than 60 years, he presented 302 plays and 60 films. He also authored 60 plays and 40 films and directed 185 plays and 30 films. In addition, 6 of his films were selected in the list of the 100 best films in the history of Egyptian cinema.

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In memory of Taha Hussein Novels that have been turned into films and TV series

The Egyptian writer and thinker Taha Hussein, the son of Minya Governorate, was born on November 14, 1889. His ideas raised a lot of controversies, so he could leave a mark on the history of Arabic literature. He is one of the most prominent figures in the modern Arab literary movement. He was one of the first to obtain a doctorate in Arabic literature. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature 14 times.

In this year, 48 years have passed since the departure of the dean of Arabic literature, Taha Hussein, as he died on October 28, 1973, at the age of 84. Leaving a great legacy of literary masterpieces that remained in the memory of history, some of which were turned into screens. In attribution to his passing, we review in the following lines the most prominent novels of the writer Taha Hussein, which were turned into films and television series.

The True Promise

The book “The True Promise” was presented in 1951 in “The Emergence of Islam” directed by Ibrahim Ezz El-Din. The film goes back to the region of the Arabian Peninsula, forty years before the mission of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, where ignorance, corruption, and idolatry prevailed. Islam calls for the worship of the One and Only God. The film dealt with the difficulties faced by Islam and the early Muslims, presenting the story of a group of companions, including Warqa bin Nofal, Ammar bin Yasir and Bilal bin Rabah. The film stars Imad Hamdi, Coca, Ahmed Mazhar and Tawfiq Al-Daqn. The same idea was presented in 1993 in a television series bearing the original name of the book, starring Abdullah Ghaith, Hamdi Ghaith, and Suhair Al-Murshidi, and directed by Wafik Wajdi.

The Nightingale’s Prayer

Director Henri Barakat presented the movie “The Nightingale’s Prayer,” based on a story of the same name by writer Taha Hussein. The film, produced in 1959, ranked 14th in the list of the 100 best films in Egyptian cinema history, was nominated for the Berlin Festival award in 1960 and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. The film revolves around “Amna,” played by Faten Hamama, who decides to take revenge on the engineer, played by Ahmed Mazhar, who caused the death of her sister “Hanadi” or Zahra Al-Ala after he took advantage of her love for him and assaulted her, so her family killed her in defense of her honor. “Amna” goes to work as a maid in the engineer’s house to take revenge on him. Still, she was unable to kill him, so she thinks of making him fall in love with her and torturing him, and he actually fell in love with her, but she also fell in love with him. When he proposed to her, she told him the truth and left the house. To find her uncle in front of her trying to kill her, she went back to the engineer to take shelter with him, so he took the bullet instead, and he fell dead.

Lost Love

The novel “Lost Love” was transformed into a successful radio series of the same name, starring Soad Hosni, Sabah, and Omar Sharif in 1969. Then director Henry Barakat presented it in a movie produced in 1970, starring Soad Hosni, Zubaida Tharwat, and Rushdi Abaza. His story revolves around “Leila,” who married and traveled to Tunisia and maintained a relationship with her childhood friend, Samia. Laila returns to Egypt after her husband’s death, so Samia and her husband, Medhat, try to help her, so love slips into the hearts of Medhat and Layla. They enter into a forbidden relationship that Samia discovers later he falls off Mokattam Hill and dies. At the same time, the husband tries to return to his wife, apologizing to find that she has taken their son and left the house.

On the sidelines of the biography

The book “On the sidelines of the biography” is a simplified account of the honorable biography of the Prophet. It was dealt with in a television series in 1978, starring Zahra Al-Ala, Ahmed Mazhar, and Shukri Sarhan. The series shed light on a group of lies that some malicious people tried to attach to Islam to distort its image. The series tried to show the truth, reviewing the biography of the Prophet and the important events and facts that took place in his life.


One of Taha Hussein’s most famous books is an autobiographical book called “The Days,” presented in a movie entitled “The Dark Conqueror” in 1978, starring Mahmoud Yassin and Yehia Al-Fakhrani and directed by Atef Salem. Then it was presented as a television series entitled “The Days” in 1979, starring Ahmed Zaki, Amina Rizk, Yahya Shaheen, and directed by Yahya Alami. The events of the series deal with the life story of the Dean of Arabic Literature, Taha Hussein, since his childhood in his village in Minya Governorate, and his loss of sight at the age of three, through his studies at Al-Azhar University and the Egyptian University, then his travels on a study mission to France, and his marriage to his French wife Suzanne Brisseau, who She had a great role in his life.

Adeeb (Author)

The series “Adeeb,” adapted from a novel of the same name by Taha Hussein, is considered a classic of Arab drama and tells the story of “Ibrahim Abdullah,” played by Nour Sharif, a very intelligent young man. Still, he has a congenital defect in his face that makes his appearance seem unacceptable, which causes him many troubles in his life. Ibrahim proposes to one of his female relatives, but she would rather commit suicide than marry him.  Ibrahim marries Hamida, the girl who loves him sincerely. He finds himself in front of an opportunity to travel on a mission to study literature in Paris. One of the conditions is that he is unmarried, so he divorces his wife and travels. Still, he suffers from a guilt complex towards his wife, who abandoned her even though she is the only girl who loved him, to spend the rest of his life in confusion and torment. The series was shown in 1982, starring Nour Al-Sharif, Noura, Dalal Abdel Aziz, and Salah Al Saadani, and directed by Yahya Al Alami.

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Including combating harassment and family issues. Movies that changed Egyptian laws

Egyptian cinema has taken upon itself the task of shedding light on the important issues that concern Egyptian society in all its categories and classes. There is no topic related to the Egyptian family that films have not dealt with from different sides. Since its appearance, cinema has not only shown the reality we live in, but has at times contributed to bringing about societal or legal changes, after it strongly influenced public opinion, led to changing laws, and modifying the behaviors and ideas of individuals. In this context, we present to you a group of films that have been able to contribute significantly to changing Egyptian laws for the better because of their audacity to raise social problems for citizens.

They made me a criminal - 1954

The film is based on a true story, and its events revolve around the child “Sultan”, whose uncle “Zahran Bey” seized his wealth after his father’s death, and threw him on the street, where a gang lured him to the theft path. In his teenage years, and after his release, “Sultan” tries to find an honorable job, but he fails to do so because of his criminal newspaper, so he resorts to theft again, and falls in love with “Yasmina”, the cabaret singer, who is competing with his uncle for her love, so Zahran agrees with the owner of the cabaret to get rid of “Sultan” quarrels with him, and a murder occurs, in which “Sultan” is unjustly accused and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Yasmina manages to prove Sultan’s innocence, but before his innocence is ruled, he escapes from prison and goes to his uncle’s house and kills him so he becomes a true criminal. But he goes and surrenders himself after Yasmina tells him about the ruling of innocence

The film starring Farid Shawqi and Hoda Sultan, and after it was shown, a law was issued that stipulates the exemption from the first precedent in the criminal case newspaper so that the offender can start his life again, provided that if he commits the second crime, the previous two appearances in his newspaper.

A Word of Honor -1972

For the second time, a film by the artist Farid Shawqi contributes to amending some laws, and the events of the film revolve around “Salem Abu Al-Naga”, the moral lawyer who is unjustly accused and imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, and he repeatedly tries to escape to communicate with his sick and immobile wife “Nahid” to explain to her the truth and tell her his innocence, However, his attempts to escape fail, and the sentence he will spend in prison doubles until it reaches 30 years.

The wife’s illness is severe and her condition deteriorates until she has a few hours left until her death. Therefore, Brigadier General “Sharif”, the prison warden, agrees with “Salem” to allow him to leave prison for 12 hours on his responsibility to meet his wife who was close to death after he gave him a promise of honor. Returning to prison before anyone discovers his absence. Indeed, he meets his wife and finds that she has discovered the whole truth and dies in his hands, to return quickly to his prison, fulfilling his promise to the warden.

The film, starring Ahmed Shawky, Hind Rostom, and Ahmed Mazhar, helped amend prison authority laws to allow prisoners to have exceptional visits to their families outside the prison for a period of up to 48 hours, under guard and with specific controls.

I want a solution - 1975

It is considered the first Egyptian film to discuss khul’ and the wife’s right to divorce herself, as it presented a realistic story found in many Egyptian homes, through the character “Doria”, whose marital life is impossible between her and her diplomatic husband, “Medhat Seif al-Nasr” because of his bad treatment of her and his multiple women’s relationships, She asks him for a divorce, but he refuses, so she resorts to the court to file a divorce case, to get lost in the long court road full of problems and obstacles that waste her dignity, and things get more complicated after the husband’s use of false witnesses, and the wife fails to obtain a divorce after 4 years she spent between the halls of the court and her problem remains unresolved.

The film starring Faten Hamama and Rushdi Abaza, and after its launch, it contributed to reconsidering the personal status laws related to divorce and the house of obedience and allowing the Egyptian wife the right to divorce.

Sorry I Refuse Divorce - 1980

The film dealt with the husband’s right to divorce his wife in absentia, and the absence of the wife’s right to refuse or accept this divorce, wondering how the husband, with his unilateral desire, terminates the marriage contract, which, like all legal contracts, requires the consent of both parties. both parties as well. The events of the film touched on various ideas such as the infallibility of the wife, the right of the wife to stipulate that the husband not marry another, and also how the law requires proof of material damage to allow the wife to file for divorce and does not count moral damage, which is difficult for her to prove.

 The film presented the story of “Mona”, the dedicated wife who gave her whole life to her husband and daughter, but on her tenth wedding anniversary, she was surprised by her husband, “Essam”, who told her of his desire to separate from her, left the house and sent her a divorce paper in absentia. The wife turns to her friend, law professor “Hanaa”, who helps her in filing a lawsuit to refuse her husband’s divorce.

The film starring Mervat Amin, Nadia Rashad, and Hussein Fahmy, and after its screening, it contributed with the help of some women’s associations to canceling the right of obedience, and making it by order of the judge and not the husband.

Sorry Law - 1985

The film sheds light on the distinction between men and women in honor cases, as it tells the story of a university professor “Hoda” who is married to “Ali,” the sexually impotent doctor due to a psychological complex that struck him in his childhood, as he watched his father kill his traitorous second wife after he saw her in the arms of her lover, and he was sentenced one month in prison, suspended. Hoda managed to treat her husband, but she was surprised one day when she returned from work early with a voice coming from the bedroom. She thought he was a thief and took her husband’s pistol and entered to be surprised by her husband’s betrayal of her with his friend’s wife, so Huda was jealous and shot them and ran away. Upon arrest, she is sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The film, starring Naglaa Fathi, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, and Hayatem, is based on a true story and has raised a lot of controversy about the law that differentiates between men and women in a case such as adultery, where the woman is sentenced to 15 years in prison with labor and enforcement, while the man has been sentenced imprisonment for one month, suspended. Although the film’s echoes were not able to change the laws in force after its screening, claims are still ongoing in search of a law that achieves justice, equality, and the application of Islamic law, which did not differentiate between an adulterer and an adulterer in punishment.

The apartment is the right of the wife - 1985

The film presented the story of Samir, an employee in a government agency, who married Karima, the daughter of his boss, after a strong love story. After the birth of their first child, and due to financial problems, the differences between them escalate until things reach a divorce, and the dispute begins over the marital home, which is the right of the wife as the custodian according to the law. Because of the husband’s inability to obtain another housing, the judge rules that they share the apartment until the end of the waiting period.

The film, starring His Excellency Zayed and Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, succeeded in making one of the most important items that can be added to the marriage contract, determining who will have the right to keep the marital home in the event of divorce.

678 - 2010

The film showed the story of 3 women from different backgrounds who were subjected to sexual harassment. The first is called “Saba”, a wealthy woman who is subjected to mass harassment in Cairo Stadium, amid her husband’s inability to defend her, which made him suffer a psychological crisis and prefer to stay away from her at a time when she was in dire need of his presence next to her, which made her ask for a divorce, and she formed an association to teach women to defend themselves against harassment. The second is “Nelly”, a middle-class girl who is harassed while walking in the street. She manages to catch the harasser and insists on making a report despite the rejection of her family and the family of her fiancé for fear of society’s view of her. As for the third, “Fayza”, a poor woman who is harassed on the bus daily, which causes her to suffer in a bad psychological state that makes her refuse to be approached by her husband.

The film starring Nelly Karim, Bushra, Nahid El Sebaei, Majed El-Kidwany, and Bassem Samra, and the reason for activating the harassment law, and making the punishment for the harasser up to 3 years in prison.

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Egyptian cinema in the face of terrorism and extremism

Egyptian cinema has been and still communicating with members of society by presenting thorny issues of interest to all groups. Filmmakers in Egypt were keen to address issues of terrorism and extremism in many films that included terrorist attacks, bombings, assassinations, and attempts to attract young people in various ways. Egyptian cinema became aware of the attempts of extremist groups to gain power, and the first embodiment of this ideology was in 1979, through a single scene in the movie “Alexandria Why” in which the character of Hassan Al-Banna appeared in a meeting with a group of officers who plan to overthrow the government. Drawing attention to the issue of the religious state and preachers who dream of a caliphate state.

However, for many years, cinema has preferred not to approach this thorny issue for fear of exaggerating it, considering terrorism as just an individual phenomenon, and over time this phenomenon has been portrayed superficially without addressing the details of terrorist groups or the ideas they embrace. Until terrorism began to increase in Egypt clearly, and the cinema entered the stage of deepening the presentation of extremist thought and its causes, and from that time until this day many films have appeared that dealt with terrorism in one way or another, criticizing this phenomenon and calling for combating it and confronting it. In this article, we review together with a group of cinematic works that presented the phenomenon of terrorism and extremist ideology from different angles.

Terrorism 1989

The film revolves around Ismat (Nadia Al-Jundi), head of the accidents department at Akhbar Al-Youm newspaper, who is covering the story of a terrorist attack targeting a minister. Omar Al-Sanadili (Farouq Al-Fishawi), who managed to deceive Esmat and convince her of his innocence, is accused of sympathizing with him and becoming attached to him, and she challenged everyone to publish a journalistic investigation in which she defended Omar.

Ismat is preparing to travel to Abu Dhabi to attend an international conference on crime, and Omar asks her to send a gift to a relative of his there, but she discovers that the box contains dynamite to blow up the plane on which a delegation of ministers is traveling to attend the conference. Ismat rushes to inform the police and cooperates with them to catch Omar and eliminate him.

Terrorism and Kebab 1992

The appearance of the terrorist in this film was purely a coincidence, as he is a victim of injustice and coercive circumstances that made him the position of holding hostages at gunpoint in exchange for the government’s implementation of his requests. The events of the film take place inside the Tahrir Complex, where Ahmed (Adel Imam) is going to transfer his two children from one school to another, and because of the administrative obstacles, he clashes with the security and seizes the weapon of a soldier, and shoots unintentionally, so the employees think that the terrorists have taken control of the complex. Ahmed finds himself involved in taking some hostages, and a group of citizens joins his aid. Soon the police surround the place, and negotiations begin with the Minister of Interior, who is determined to storm the building if the terrorists do not surrender and release the hostages.

Ahmed decides to leave the hostages, but they sympathize with him, especially after they realized that his demands for fair human treatment represent the same demands as theirs, and they refuse to go out without him so as not to be arrested, and they are determined to let him out among them as if he were one of the hostages so that the police forces stormed the compound and did not find any terrorists.

Terrorism 1994

The film discussed the story of a poor young man named Ali Abdel Zaher (Adel Imam), whose social circumstances prompted him to join a terrorist group. Ali participates in an assassination operation, and during his escape, he is hit by a car driven by Sawsan Abdel Moneim (Shireen), who takes him to her home until her father, Dr. Abdel Moneim Hassanein (Salah Zulfiqar) treats him. For fear of police intervention, the family preferred to treat him at home, and Ali agreed so that his case would not be exposed. Love grows between Sawsan and Ali, especially after her family treated him well, and during this, he discovers that he has been deceived by the terrorist group, which is killing him as a reward for his defection, especially after he tried to alert one of the characters that the group intends to assassinate.

Vultures of Darkness 1995

The film tells the story of three lawyers’ friends. The first is Fathi Nofal (Adel Imam), a committed person who turns into an opportunist who wants to reach the highest positions and uses his capabilities to become the office manager of one of the government ministers. The second is Ali Al-Zanati (Riyad Al-Khouli), who wants to achieve material gains, joins an extremist terrorist group, becomes entrusted with defending the group’s members and raising public opinion by filing cases against the state, in an attempt to control the reins of government, and he is also trying to recruit Fathi to join the group. The third, Mohsen (Ahmed Ratib), is a downed employee who decides to stay out of the conflict between the government and extremist groups.

Fathi hires Samira, the girl of the night (Yousra) to help him in his business, which he took as a cover for his suspicious actions, but she is arrested and confesses to Fathi, who is imprisoned under investigation, while Ali Al-Zanati participates in planning terrorist operations, so he is arrested and put in prison, and there the two friends meet The confrontation and conflict between them continues.

Destiny 1997

The film presented the phenomenon of extremism and terrorism in a historical context, as it dates back to the twelfth century AD in Andalusia, specifically during the rule of the Caliph Abu Jaafar Al-Mansour (Mahmoud Hamida), and tells the struggle of the philosopher Ibn Rushd (Nour Sharif) with the political authority of the Caliph, who was a friend of his Then he had feelings of hostility and extremist religious groups that succeeded in recruiting the youngest son of the Caliph (Hani Salama) among their ranks. This is the conflict that ended with Ibn Rushd being declared apostates and burning his books twice, the first at the hands of the terrorist group, and the second when the Caliph was angry with him and ordered his exile outside the country.

The other 1999

The film sheds light on the alliance between extremist groups and capitalist entities to serve their common interests, through the love story that brought together journalist Hanan (Hanan Turk) and Adam (Hani Salama), a young Egyptian who holds American citizenship and is conducting a study on the phenomenon of religious terrorism. The two lovers insist on marriage despite the refusal of Adam’s father, the Egyptian businessman Khalil Emara (Mahmoud Hamida), and his arrogant American mother, Margaret (Nabila Obeid), so the mother tries to distance her son from his wife in any way, even allying with Fathi (Ahmed Wafik), Hanan’s older brother, who is The prince of one of the terrorist groups and a fugitive from a death sentence in absentia, and bargaining with him to end the marriage in exchange for a visa to America, he kidnaps Hanan on the pretext of his objection to her marriage without his knowledge and asks Margaret to come with the visa to make sure that he gets rid of Hanan, but Margaret informs the police of his location, and at the same time he can Adam from hacking his mother’s computer and knows where Hanan is and rushes to save her, and the story ends with the killing of Fathi, Adam, and Hanan by extremists’ bullets, and the police forces that stormed the headquarters of the terrorist group.

State Security 1999

The film dealt with the terrorist’s personality differs from the usual in form and content. He is not religiously strict, but rather drinks alcohol, approaches women, and participates in terrorist operations because of his desire to collect money that he obtains from foreign countries. The events revolve around Samiha Abdel Muti Shaheen (Nadia Al-Jundi), the prisoner who was sentenced to death, and the sentence was carried out only ostensibly, as the Egyptian intelligence wanted to use it to arrest the terrorist Farid Al-Fayoumi (Ahmed Diab) because of the great similarity between her and his wife.

Samiha is trained and travels to Switzerland with Officer Kamal (Mahmoud Hamida), and they succeed in kidnapping Souad, the terrorist’s wife, and taking her back to Egypt. Al-Fayoumi before his trial, so Samiha continues her mission and travels to Paris to meet the rest of the organization’s members. She broke into the computer of the terrorist Abdelaziz (Khalil Morsi), the commander of the military wing, and was able to send important information to the Egyptian intelligence. Events develop with Souad escaping from prison and leaving Egypt, where Samiha is exposed and arrested by the organization’s members, so the Egyptian intelligence attacks the organization’s headquarters, to rescue her and take her back to Egypt.

Deer blood 2005

The film reviewed the phenomenon of poverty, which may result in falling into the clutches of terrorism in greed for power and money. The events of the film are inspired by a true story that took place in the Imbaba area of a poor young man named Reda Richa (Mahmoud Abdel-Mughni) who works as a drummer with a popular dancer, and he wrestles with the thugs of the region, Atef Al-Hajam. (Amr Waked) on the love of Hanan Al-Dahshoury (Mona Zaki).

Reda leaves the dance troupe and joins one of the extremist terrorist groups, which imposes its control over the region, and although he does not know anything about religion, they make him the emir of the region, and he decides to take revenge on his rival, Atef, because of an old dispute between them, so he establishes the limit of theft in the name of religion and cuts off his hand. The security services monitor Rida after his involvement in several terrorist crimes and seek the help of Hanan to trap him, and the events end with the death of Hanan during the exchange of fire between the security and the terrorist who manages to escape.

Yacoubian Building 2006

This film is one of the most controversial Egyptian films, as it tried to shed light on contemporary reality through a variety of stories that combined boldness and excitement, including the story of a simple young man named Taha El-Shazly (Mohamed Imam), the son of a real estate guard who seeks to enter the Police College, but is rejected because His father’s profession, so he joins extremist groups, and is arrested, where he is tortured and molested by a state security officer (Abbas Abu al-Hassan), and after his release from prison he turns into a terrorist and decides to take revenge on the officer with the help of the group members, and he succeeds in killing him, but the officer’s guard By killing Taha, the story ends with the corpse of the officer and the terrorist next to each other on the ground.

Maulana 2017

The film dealt with the phenomenon of attracting young people to belong to extremist groups and exploiting them in terrorist operations that the country is witnessing from time to time. Its events revolve around the character of Hatem El-Minshawi (Amr Saad), one of the new preachers who seek to present religion in a nice way away from intimidation and intimidation, and is subjected to attempts to control it by some groups that covet to exploit it to serve their interests.

Sheikh Hatem receives a call from a senior figure in the state asking for his help in responding to Hassan (Ahmed Magdy), his brother-in-law, who has decided to convert to Christianity and change his name to Peter, which poses a great danger to the entire family. Hatem takes on the task of bringing Hassan back to Islam and tries to get close to him by inviting him to his religious programs and sessions until a church explosion occurs. In the end, we discover that Hassan deluded everyone with the story of his conversion to Christianity so that he could easily enter the church to detonate it after he joined an organization and embraced extremist jihadist ideology.

Cell 2017

The film tells the story of three police officers working together in the special operations sector, who are friends on a personal level, the first of them is Major Seif (Ahmed Ezz), the second is Major Saber (Mohamed Mamdouh) and the last is Major Amr (Ahmed Safwat), who is martyred during the raid on the den of terrorist Marwan Adnan’s cell. (Samer Al-Masry), while Saif is severely injured. Saif decides to take revenge on his friend and insists on returning to work quickly before he fully recovers from his injury.

Saif begins to collect information about the terrorist Marwan until he finds the hiding place of his wife, who blew herself up for fear of arrest. Marwan decides to take revenge with major explosions in vital areas in Cairo, and kidnaps the child Ali, the son of the martyr Amr, and asks Seif to come to him in his official uniform and make him carry a bomb in a bag that he enters the subway without inspection. He also separated the train carriage in which the bomb was located, jumped out of it, and was seriously injured, but he managed to avenge his friend as he wished.

Arrest Letter 2017

This is the only movie that took place entirely within the corridors of an extremist organization, but it presented the character of the terrorist superficially, as he is a person who fights only for money and rejects his younger brother’s attempts to enter the same organization. The film presented the story of Khaled Al-Dajwi (Mohamed Ramadan), who grew up in a poor family, and his father worked as a servant for one of the elders of religious groups, who decides to include Khaled in the organization until he became an important member of the military wing of the extremist group.

As for his brother, Ahmed Al-Dajwi (Mohamed Adel), he is a very religious young man who is close to the terrorist group to fight for the sake of God, as he considers it a clear reality, unlike the thought of his brother, who considers his joining the group a mere trade. Indeed, Ahmed succeeds in joining the group, and one day, skirmishes occur between him and a member of the military wing and he is killed, so Khaled begins to avenge his brother and kills all members of the military wing. At the same time, the security forces were monitoring the group’s movements, specifically Khaled, for whom an arrest warrant was issued.

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One of them was banned for 16 years.. 6 Movies You Should Watch On October 6th Anniversary

October each year, we immediately remember one of the greatest events in modern Egyptian history, the Glorious October War. We feel proud and proud of the great victories that our armed forces have presented. The Egyptian cinema comes with its films to remind us of the efforts made by the Egyptian soldier to defend our homeland against aggression. Not to mention the sacrifices made by our martyrs to restore our land with pride and dignity.

But looking at the films presented by Egyptian cinema about wars, we note that they dealt with the defeat of 67 and the war of attrition more than they discussed the victory of October 73. Critics believe that no single film in the history of Egyptian cinema has given that glorious memory its due, or the body of the reality of the political, social or military situation of that period.

Despite the keenness of Egyptian television and satellite channels to broadcast spy dramas and films at this time of the year, the viewer may get bored of watching the same films that are repeated annually. Who among us has not seen “The Road to Eilat”, “The Bullet Is Still in My Pocket”, “Raafat Al-Hajjan” or “Tears in Rude Eyes”, which are works that have become part of our cultural heritage that we exchange from generation to generation.

If you are annoyed by the lack of new films and want to see different works from the ones you used to follow every year, we present to you a list of 6 films that dealt with Intisar 6th of October, you may not have seen them before because they were banned from showing for a long time or did not get famous enough.

1- Sons of silence

The film reviewed the story of “Magdy”, a conscript in the Egyptian army, and his fiancée, “Nabila”, a journalist. Both are fighting a war of their own, with Magdy fighting against Egypt’s enemies on the frontline, while Nabila is at war with the editor-in-chief who was a former militant turned opportunist. The film highlighted the brave soldiers’ resistance to the enemy in defense of the homeland, and the struggle of “Magdy” and his friends inside a dark tunnel, which ended with their martyrdom on October 6. The film stars Mervat Amin, Madiha Kamel, Ahmed Zaki, Nour El Sherif and Mohamed Sobhi. It is written by Majid Toubia, and directed by Mohamed Radi. It was produced in 1974.

2- Life is too short

The film presented the story of the journalist “Nama”, who is heading to volunteer work in a hospital. There, she meets a group of soldiers who have dedicated themselves to serving the country. “Nama’a” is interested in solving their problems, and writes about their ambitions and hopes for the future. She travels to the front to raise the morale of the soldiers and encourage them. Until the October War began and many of those whom “Nama’s” knew and were attached to were martyred, sacrificing themselves and their blood for the liberation of the homeland. The film stars Magda, Nahed Al Sharif, Ahmed Mazhar and Ahmed Zaki. It is written by Youssef El Sebaei, and directed by Mohamed Radi. It was produced in 1978. The work was prevented from showing in the Arab countries during the rule of President Anwar Sadat, after the signing of the Camp David Accords and the boycott of Egypt by Arab countries after that.

3- Tales of the stranger.

The film tells the story of Abdel-Rahman Mahmoud Abdel-Rahman, who works in a press organization as a driver for the press car that delivers newspapers. He feels hopeless, resigned and depressed after the setback of 67. Until the October War comes and his feelings completely change and he rises to defend his homeland. One of the days of the war, he traveled to the Suez Governorate during its siege and disappeared completely, becoming missing. The government is looking for the mystery of the disappearance of Abdel Rahman and the press vehicle, and publishes his picture in the city of Suez, where its people knew him by different names, but they settled on the title of “Al-Gharib” because he is from Cairo and not from the sons of Suez. To discover that he passed away after he joined the people of Suez in their struggle in the October War, so that his sacrifice for the liberation of the homeland remains immortal in their minds. The film is based on the true story of a driver at Al-Ahram Press, “Abdulaziz Mahmoud”, who was martyred during the Suez siege. The film stars Hoda Sultan, Mahmoud El Gendy, Mohamed Mounir and Sherif Mounir. It was written by Jamal Al-Ghitani, screenplay and dialogue by Mohamed Helmy Hilal, and directed by Inaam Mohamed Ali. It was produced in 1992.

4- The Wall of Champions.

The film discussed the air operations launched by the Israeli air force on military and civilian targets inside Egyptian territory, the air defense forces’ response to this aggression, the development of the air defense forces, the construction of a missile wall, and the downing of the Israeli Kozra plane. It reviewed the social aspect of a group of soldiers and officers of the armed forces, including Lieutenant-Colonel “Jalal” who is trying to consummate the marriage of his lover despite the circumstances of the war, and the shawish “Megahid” who swears to take revenge on the murderers of his son in the Bahr al-Baqar school accident. The film stars a large group of artists, including Mahmoud Yassin, Farouk El-Fishawy and Khaled El-Nabawy. It is written by Ibrahim Rashad, and directed by Mohamed Radi. It was produced in 1999, but the film was banned from showing for 16 years, until it was shown for the first time in 2014 at the Cairo International Film Festival.

5- Battalion 418

The film discussed the Egyptian-Israeli conflict during the period between the setback of 67, through the period of the War of Attrition, and up to the October War. It reviewed the championships of the Egyptian Air Defense Forces, and the role of the 418th Battalion in repelling enemy attacks and protecting Port Said during the October War. The film stars Basma Maher, Sami Farhat, Mahmoud Fares, and Sherif El-Mallah. It is written by Ahmed Zayed and directed by Walid Sari. It was produced in 2015.

6- Sinai’s Lion

The film presented one of the heroics of the October 1973 war, through the story of the hero “Sayed Zakaria Khalil” who was serving in the parachute corps of the Egyptian armed forces, and who succeeded in stopping an entire Israeli battalion alone during the war after the martyrdom of the rest of the platoon to which he belonged. The film stars Noha Ismail, Amr Ramzy and Hamdi Al-Wazir. It is written by Adel Abdel Aal and directed by Hassan El-Sayed. It was produced in 2016.